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Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest 2020

By York University Libraries

Date: February 18th – 20th 2020

Workshop Time: Feb 18th  – Being Scheduled.

Hackfest Time: 9:00am Feb 19th – 5:00pm Feb 20th 

Location: Steacie Science and Engineering Library.

Do you love crunching data? Creating breathtaking visualization? Or do want to learn how to do those things? Do you have a brilliant business involving data idea but you are not sure how to build it? Do you think that there’s some wisdom hidden in someone else’s data that can help us understand the world better? Are you a go-getter who will hack your way to your goals?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, we invite you to participate in the Third Steacie Library Hackfest!

What is a Hackfest? If you haven’t been to one, it is about spending two days collaborating with your fellow students on a particular project, and bringing the project to reality! Students from disciplines such as Computer Science and Engineering, Fine Arts, Business, Digital Media, and Health will work together to share ideas and create solutions.

If you want to gain experience bringing an idea to life, or just want to participate in a fun collaborative environment, mark your calendar for the Annual Steacie Library Hackfest supported by LaunchYU, on February 20 – 21, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!

Breakfast, lunch, and caffeine provided!


Subject to change closer to the event.

Pre-Hackfest Workshops - Tuesday the 18th
Workshops will be in Steacie Basement Lab, Room 021

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Android Mobile App Development by Taras Danylak and Ali Sadaqain (LDSI)
1:30pm – 1:45pm: Break
1:45pm – 2:15pm: How to Pitch Ideas for the Hackfest by Mick Be (Innovation York)
2:15pm – 2:45pm: Cloud Storage Solutions for Hackfest Projects by Ian Lumb (Terawe Corporation)
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm – 3:30pm: York Course Schedule Data: How to Use It For Your Hackfest Idea by Neal Stephenson
3:30pm – 4:00pm: Introduction to Git by Ali Sadaqain and Walter Griffatong (LDSI)
Workshop Slides & Files
Will be available post-workshops
Workshop Slides & Files
Day 1: Wednesday February 19, 2019


0900: Registration & Breakfast
0930: Idea Pitches
1030: Start Hacking
1100: Presentation: TBD
1230: Lunch


1330: Mentor Drop In (Until 5PM)
1330: Keep Hacking


1800: Dinner
1900: Keep Hacking
2200: Day’s Done
Day 2: Thursday February 20, 2019


0900: Breakfast
1000: Hacking & Presentation Prep.
1030: Mentor Drop In (Focusing on Presentation)
1230: Lunch


1400: Final Presentations
  • Kindred
  • Get Off Your A++
  • AP Trainer
  • Music Analysis
  • YorkU Prof Rank
  • Music Machine
  • Service Hackers
  • Spanning Tree
  • Greenify
  • Split Billy
  • Bubble Me
  • Classroom Insight
  • Rate My Potty
  • Clubify
  • YU Announce
  • YorkU Enroll
1600: Networking Reception
1700: Hackfest is done!

Registration is Closed

Please note: 

  • Passport York Account is needed to register. If you do not have a PYork account and wish to attend, please contact us. 
  • If you have any concerns or to update us on your attendance, please use our contact form below.

Thank you!


Below are some resources, which might aid you in your project.

New to UI and graphic design?
More Data Sets
Free and open datasets on business & economics
  • CANSIM — Statistics Canada’s key socioeconomic database, updated daily.
  • International Monetary Fund — all datasets, including International Financial Statistics, Balance of Payment Statistics, Government Finance Statistics, and Direction of Trade Statistics
  • UNdata — A portal to the many products produced by the United Nationas Statistical Division. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes.
  • World Bank — all datasets, including World Development Indicators (1345 data series in development from 214 countries and 34 country groupings, with data going back to 1960).


Hugh McCague

Hugh McCague is a statistician and mathematician working at the Institute for Social Research, York University.

Kavitha J Raj

Graduate student, MSc in CS with specialization in AI, Research assistant @ York, working on various Machine Learning research projects. 13 years of software industry experience in Project and test management. Experience in various domains such as Embedded systems, SAP, Healthcare, Electrical sectors.

Stacy Allison-Cassin

Stacy Allison-Cassin is an Associate Librarian at York University. Her area of expertise is in metadata, structured data, and digital humanities. Stacy is an active in the Wikipedia community where she contributors to the Wikidata project, a free and open knowledge base that can be used by humans and machines.

James “Jim” Freemantle

James “Jim” Freemantle (BSc Physics Waterloo, MSc Physics York University), is the York University Project Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Lidar Altimeter (OLA) Science Support Team on the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Before OLA he was the Project Manager for the Canadian Met Sensor on board the Phoenix Mars Lander. Jim has had a long career using remote sensing to monitor environmental change. When not chasing down the OLA team for project reports and deliverables, Jim enjoys pounding the pavement as a long distance runner.

Walter Giesbrecht

Walter Giesbrecht has been the data librarian at York University Toronto since 1998; prior to this he was an organic chemist, atmospheric chemist, seabird biologist, crayfish biologist, medical research technician, and science librarian.

Krassimir Gadjokov

Krassimir Gadjokov is a Senior Security Consultant at TELUS. He’s extremely experienced in professional in Cyber Security, Application and System Security. He also has vast knowledge of information and communication technology and is deeply knowledgeable in system analysis as well as business processes.



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